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Rocky (and Baxter)
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15 February 2020 - 6:36 pm
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That’s perfect, Sally!

One of my more amazing memories: Rocky’s first night home (three years ago tonight) he brought his tennis ball over to me and dropped it with that “throw it!” look on his face. 

He had just had major surgery but still wanted to play ball. Unreal. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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16 February 2020 - 3:16 pm
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A little belated here but happy ampiversary rocky! Im sure he’s celebrating with happy thoughts of you, yummy cookies and a game of ball at the bridge. ❤ 

And let us not forget about baxter! I dont know how i missed his picture, but hes absolutely adorable and he clearly knows it! Those ears are just to cute!

Hugs,

Bev, Moe cat, autumn angel Roane & angel dog Gypsy 

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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19 February 2020 - 5:36 pm
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Sad news. 

One of my parents dogs, Tigger, was diagnosed with cancer today. He supposedly only has a few months left, although he isn’t showing any symptoms. They’re waiting on the pathology report to find out exactly what he has. 

My parents have gone through a lot with their other dog’s (Ripple) eye issues and then this hit out of nowhere. 

**** cancer. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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19 February 2020 - 5:51 pm
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Oh my gosh I’m really sorry. That is such hard news to take. How are they doing? The waiting for the diagnosis is the worst.

If anyone can help them through this and learn to Be More Dog during this heartbreak, Spirit Rocky and you can. Show them that dogs don’t come with expiration dates stamped on their butts. Tigger will probably do a good job himself I’m sure. At least he’s not showing signs right now.

Thanks for letting us know. We’re sending lots of love to you and your family.

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19 February 2020 - 6:37 pm
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Well crap!!  This sucks!  I know this is a kick in the gut to hear.

As Jerry said though, and as you know, Tiger is NOT a statistics and does NOT have a timeframe stamped on his butt.   Not showing  any sym is a really good sign!  His quality  is obviou good now, and hopefully  stays that way for a long time.  Once you learn more, you’ll be able to plot a path forward and develop  a treatment plan.

Tiger and Ripple are honorary  members here, so we want to do everything  we can to help your parents navigate through options.  Once you get the type, post so some of “the best minds around” (tripawd community) can offer insight. 

PLEASE convey to your parents we are here for them and with them cheering for Tiger.  They were so helpful  to reach out to me when Myrtle was first going blind.  I hope I can somehow help them in return.

You know what’s coming next, right?  You know we have to have pictures of Tiger and Ripple too.  Seems like you posted one picture of those two.  It was when Baxter got over the baby gate maybe???? And they were left on the other side, maybe?? Can’t  remember  exactly.

Okay, hang in there and stay connected. Tiger sounds like a tough doggy and being  tough is a good sign!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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19 February 2020 - 6:46 pm
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My thoughts are with you all. If there’s an angle for treatment and quality of health,  I know you’ll find it. 

What kind of cancer is it?

Hugs and love to all of you❤❤❤

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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19 February 2020 - 8:34 pm
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Here’s a pic of (from left) Ripple, Tigger and Rocky with my niece from a few years ago. We had ordered takeout and they’re all watching the delivery guy at the front door. 

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They were kind of like the three amigos since they were all Cocker Spaniels within two years of age of each other. Baxter gets along fine with Ripple and Tigger, but he doesn’t seem to fit in quite like Rocky did. 

My parents got Tigger from a Cocker Spaniel rescue group. Fourteen months after they got him, the rescue group asked my parents for help fostering another homeless Cocker. They agreed, and I eventually adopted the foster dog. So if not for Tigger, Rocky and I never would have found each other. 

The groomer found a mass near his belly a couple of weeks ago. It was biopsied and CT scanned today. It looks to be pretty aggressive. They’re waiting on the pathology to come back to determine exactly what type of cancer it is, but the specialist was confident enough to say it’s definitely cancer and the outlook isn’t good. But we’ll see. 

He would need some pretty radical surgery to get at the mass, so I think my parents have ruled that out. They’ll wait to see exactly what it is before determining the next step as far as chemo or radiation. 

Thanks for the well wishes, I’ve passed them on to my parents. 

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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20 February 2020 - 9:30 am
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Awww what a sweet photo! Thank you for sharing. 

Your parents are so terrific for taking on rescue dogs. I see where you get your pet parenting skills from 😉 

I so often hear stories where groomers found a lump on a dog. I’m glad your parents got it checked out quickly. Hopefully it’s not as serious as it appears. We’ll keep our paws & fingers crossed for good news.

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20 February 2020 - 9:38 am
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A whole lotta’ cuteness behind that baby gate ….yeah, the two legged one included too😉

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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28 February 2020 - 7:25 am
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So Tigger’s pathology came back … *NOT* cancer.

They’re testing now to see if it’s a fungal disease. It’s spreading pretty quick, so he’s not out of the woods yet. But it looks like it may be something treatable.

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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28 February 2020 - 9:25 am
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Hi Rocky’s Dad, been awhile since I have posted here on Tripawds, but I caught your story about Tigger, and was SOOOO happy you aren’t dealing with the “ugly c”, and I agree, still a ways to go but at least it may be very treatable 💞

And I have to say, that pic you posted above is too cute for words 😁💜

Best of wishes to Tigger and and your parents, and you, for getting Tigger back to health ❤️🐾😎

Fondly, 

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu 💜🐾

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28 February 2020 - 9:44 am
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That is GREAT news considering…!!! Oh wow, a fungal infection where you live eh? I had no idea they can happen in the south. Well thanks for sharing the news and let us know what they come up with, we are thinking of you guys.

Bonnie it’s so wonderful to see you here! Thanks for sharing your support and friendship.

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28 February 2020 - 9:49 am
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Look a there David, you got our sweet Bonnie on jear woth jer sweet Polly pocture!😎❤

Yes, really  glad what ir’s not!!!  Only people hear would be glad it may be fungal!  But like you said, that is TREATABLE!

Let your parents know we’re cheering for that adorable Tigger.  Keep us updated as you can

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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28 February 2020 - 1:50 pm
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I was shocked (in a good way) when my dad told me. The vets were convinced it was cancer. Hopefully it’s not a false negative.

I can’t imagine fungal disease is common around here, so no idea how he would have picked it up, if it turns out to be that. But fungal is better than cancer for sure.

My dad said there’s a chance it’s contagious, so Baxter isn’t allowed at my parents’ house until they get figure out exactly what it is and get it under control.

Thanks for the well wishes. Baxter and I went over and saw my parents and their dogs last weekend, when we still thought it was cancer. I told them the Tripawds community was thinking of them and Tigger. They appreciate it.

David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)

Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.

He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know. 

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28 February 2020 - 2:19 pm
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Well, let’s keep our fingers and paws crossed that they nailed the diagnosis. Sounds good to me!

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